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The Top Five Reasons to Use CNC For Prototyping

The Top Five Reasons to Use CNC For Prototyping. Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining is an ideal solution for product developers in a multitude of industries who need high-quality parts in specified volumes to be used as prototypes and testing samples.

Roberson Machine Company has over 20 years of experience operating, programming, and coding CNC machines. Get a free quote for your next CNC machine prototyping project today. Contact us or give us a call today at 573-646-3996.

The Top Five Reasons to Consider CNC For Prototyping:

  1. CNC Machining is Fast
  2. A CNC machine runs on a set of CAD and CAM programmed code. The CAD software designs the models and assemblies that the CAM software translates into G-code and M-code that drive the CNC machine’s tools to turn those designs into physical parts.

    Once programmed with the G-code by the Roberson specialists, our mills and lathes can cut through anything you desire with astonishing speed, turning raw material into your finished part in seconds.

  3. CNC Machining Requires No Fixed Tooling
  4. The only tools necessary for prototyping using CNC machining are the metal cutting inserts used in the spindles of our mills and lathes. Different shapes and sizes of cutting inserts or blades are useful for various functions whatever material is required for your prototyping, and these can be swapped out in our machines almost instantaneously.

    Not having to spend time swapping out parts or changing machines for prototyping cuts down on costs. Roberson Machine Company passes along those savings to you. Call us at 573-646-3996 or reach out to request a quote.

  5. CNC Machining is Accurate
  6. In our machine shop, we consistently achieve tolerances of 0.005” for our longer production runs, or we rely on changing the machine if we run a tighter tolerance. For shorter runs, we can cut as precise as 0.001,” or about a fourth the width of a human hair.

  7. CNC Machining is Easy to Modify
  8. Setting things in stone is for the Stone Age. At Roberson Machine Company, we believe in adaptation when the job — and most importantly the customer — calls for it. Prototyping often requires adjusting, modifying, or completely rehauling the original design. This is simple to do with our CNC machines, where our specialists only need a few seconds and a few keystrokes to alter G-code.

    Easy modifications are especially attractive for our customers, allowing them the chance to test several different iterations and immediately see the results. Tweaking G-code and making refined adjustments in the moment greatly reduces time and costs.

  9. CNC Machining Works With Many Materials
  10. Our CNC machines are indifferent to what they are cutting. Our customers use various materials for prototyping, depending upon their industry. Many of our customers want to see prototypes in a range of materials. CNC machining provides a huge benefit here. The same design can be prototyped in rigid plastic, aluminum, or steel, as examples, with only minimal adjustments made to the speed and feed of the tool doing the cutting. In addition to softer, lighter metals like magnesium and brass we utilize many materials for prototyping, including:

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Roberson Machine Company specializes in utilizing CNC machining for prototyping for various customers in a variety of industries. We’d love to do the same for you.

Call us today at 573-646-3996 or contact us online to talk about your next prototyping project.